General Description

Body deep, compressed, forehead convex, snout pointed with protrusible jaws; dorsal and anal fins long based, low at front, progressively becoming taller; tail base slender, caudal fin slightly forked. Silvery, darker above, scales with blue and yellow on lower scales, dorsal fin with a yellow margin. Usually 10 cm long head to tail tip (up to 21 cm).


The Silverbelly is a schooling species found in near rocky reefs and seagrass beds in bays, and coastal areas. The Silverbelly uses its protrusible mouth to poke around for invertebrates on sandy and muddy bottoms.


Southern Australia.


Sandy and muddy areas in coastal waters and bays, often near seagrass.

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